Why Me?
A Book by Kelly Whitehead
Review by Kellie Asaro

Wow, where to start? The, Why Me? - Understanding and Managing a Potential Preterm Pregnancy - A Medical and Emotional Guide, book by Kelly Whitehead is surely the most comprehensive, thorough book on the topic of high-risk pregnancy and potential premature birth available today. While the book does not focus specifically on twin pregnancy, it still holds loads of valuable information for expectant twin moms. Why? Because, twin pregnancy is "high-risk". Many a mother carrying twins will be faced with some or several of the issues covered in Why Me?.

Let's start with a bit about the author. Kelly Whitehead is first and foremost a mother, just like you and me. She has experienced the heartbreaking loss of a son at 22 weeks of pregnancy, as well as the miracle of birth with her other two children (both high-risk pregnancies). But, aside from being a mother, she is also a scientist. And, she was concerned about the lack of resources available for those dealing with high-risk pregnancy. Hence, her book, Why Me? - Understanding and Managing a Potential Preterm Pregnancy - A Medical And Emotional Guide

First off, the book is written in a very frank, woman-to-woman style. It's not only easy to understand, but you really feel like someone is giving it to you straight and knows what you are going through. Some of the topics may be a little more difficult to take in than others but, as Kelly says, "If you're not ready, that's okay. Skip it!" What's important is that the information is available to those who want and need it.

The book is broken down into 20 extensive chapters. Each chapter is further broken down into several more specific topics. There are also scores of references listed at the end of each chapter for those who want to delve even further into more targeted studies and medical literature. The book covers such topics as:

  • Causes Leading to a Premature Baby
  • What Does My Cervical Length Mean?
  • How Can I Check For Contractions?
  • Symptoms of Placental Abruption
  • Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • Intrauterine/Intramniotic Infections
  • To Cerclage or Not to Cerclage
  • Relationship Troubles and High-Risk Pregnancy
  • The Joy of Pelvic Rest: How to Cope
  • Choosing the Right Doc
  • Fulfilling Your Dream of a Natural Birth
  • What Can I Expect During Delivery of My Tiny Baby?
  • Your Baby Died...Not You

These topics just scratch the surface as to what is actually covered in the book, but you can get a pretty good idea. If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy I strongly recommend this book. It will bring you much needed knowledge as well as comfort during a time that can be extremely trying.

You can purchase Why Me? - Understanding and Managing a Potential Preterm Pregnancy - A Medical and Emotional Guide by Kelly Whitehead on Amazon.com

This is an honest review and we have received no compensation.

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